Obituaries for July 10, 2016
Manuel Sanchez Jr.
Manuel Sanchez Jr. of Kapaa passed away at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on June 6, 2016, at the age of 92. He was born in Lihue, Kauai, on Sept. 17, 1923, and retired as a supervisor with Kilohana.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Leilani Sanchez; father, Manuel Sanchez Sr.; and mother, Bertha Gomez Sanchez.
Manny is survived by his children, Gerald Sanchez, Gordon (Healani) Sanchez, Rodney Sanchez, Doreen (Harold) Lewis and Robin (Charlotte) Sanchez; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandson; brothers, John Sanchez, Antone Sanchez, Alexander (Becky) Sanchez and William Sanchez; sisters, Rosa Fernandez and Barbara (Wallace) Isoda; caregiver Diane Boreliz; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at St. Catherine Church with viewing from 9 a.m., eulogy at 10:40 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.
Kauai Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home assisted the Sanchez family with arrangements.
Fe Antonia Fabian Flores
Fe Antonia Fabian Flores of Kapaa, Kauai, passed away at her home on June 26, 2016, at the age of 81.
She was born on June 13, 1935, in the Philippines, was a seamstress there until she migrated to Hawaii in 1978, and was a retired housekeeper for Coco Palms, Kauai Surf and Kauai Marriott Hotel.
She is survived by her son, Jerry (Norma) Flores; daughters, Geraldine (Miguelito) Miguel and Connie (Nestor) Vila; brother, Herman (Yolanda) Fabian; grandchildren, Denise Garcia, Patrick Flores, Maribel Flores, Christine Grace Miguel, Jay-Ar Flores, USAF SSG David Gideon Miguel, Jayson Flores, Nathalie Joy Flores and Ayisha Flores; 11 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Her husband Romulo Flores; siblings, Salud Samiano, Juan Fabian and grandchildren, U.S. Army SSG Michael Gerald Miguel and Vissia Flores, preceded her in passing.
Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at St. Catherine’s Church in Kapaa from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at St. Catherine’s Church Cemetery in Kealia.
The family would like to thank Kauai Hospice for their tender, loving care for Fe during her last months.
Sally Hiramoto of Koloa, born Oct. 28, 1929, passed away on June 20, 2016.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Hiramoto; parents, Julian Gonzales, Silveria Remigo; and sister, Rosenda Laborte.
She is survived by her son, Harold (Julie) Hiramoto; daughter, Leah (Miki) Toledo; grandchildren, Aaron (Erin) Fernandez, Matthew and Micah Hiramoto, Travis (Shadow) Toledo; great-grandchildren, Chaysen and Shayne Fernandez, Asanna and Travis Toledo Jr.; sisters, Connie (Ed) Maglasang, Flora Pasatiempo, Halina Balalong; brother Rickey (Theresa) Gonzales; numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements were handled by Borthwick Mortuary.
Jane Tamiko Watanabe Grady
Jane Tamiko Watanabe Grady, 93, of Lihue, Kauai, passed away on July 4, 2016, at her home in Lihue. She was born on Aug. 17, 1922, in Keopu, Kona.
Jane was preceded in death by her son, David Lee Grady.
She is survived by her sons, Dallas (Debbie) Watanabe, Russell (Sheryl) Grady; daughter, Lori Grady; brother, Naoshi (Kay) Watanabe; sister, Jean Poston, 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Lihue Baptist Church at 3223 Elua St. from 10 to 10:45 a.m. where services will be held at 11 a.m.
Borthwick/Kauai Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.
Ethel Akemi Nonaka
Ethel Akemi Nonaka, 72, of Hanapepe, Kauai, passed away on May 28, 2016, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital. She was born on Feb. 24, 1944, in Hilo.
She was predeceased by her husband, Edward T. Nonaka; sister, Helen Murobayashi and brother, Stanley Ota.
Ethel is survived by her daughter, Adele Yoshimori (Guy) of Koloa, Kauai; son, Darin Nonaka (Kristie- Lyn) of Wahiawa, Oahu; sisters, Alice Murakami of Hilo, Ruth Masaki of Oahu; sister-in-law, Judy Ota of Oahu and grandchildren, Tammie-Jane and Mason Yoshimori.
Services to be held at Garden Island Mortuary on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Visitation will be at 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m.
Family requests casual attire and no flowers.
John Walter Gill and June Junko (Masaki) Gill
Junko Gill, born on June 23, 1935, passed away from pancreatic cancer on April 6, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family in Waimea on Kauai. She was 78.
Junko was survived at the time by her husband, John; daughter, Mitsuno (Tim) Pfeifer; grandchildren, Ticer and Ayame; sisters, Helen Hanae (Tom) Montanous, Linda Masaki, Vivian “Mido” (Mike) Kunselman, Leslie “Chiko” (Chiaki) Sakaida, Joyce Masaki; brothers, Setsuo “Boy” (Ruth) Masaki, Harry “Humi” (Evelyn) Masaki, cousins and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Koichi and Mitsuno (Mishima) Masaki; brother, Mike Masaki; sister, Bernice Namie (Ted/Tadashi) Okino and son, Ian.
Junko was a 1953 alumni from Waimea High School and continued to support WHS athletics through the years. She retired from Bank of America in Los Angeles and returned to Kauai after retirement. Junko loved to share her leis, crafts and flowers with all she came across and especially enjoyed helping the Kauai Shriners care for our island children.
John Gill, born on April 4, 1927, passed away from lung complications on Dec. 12, 2015, at Queens Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was 88.
John is survived by his daughter, Mitsuno (Tim) Pfeifer and grandchildren, Ticer and Ayame.
He was predeceased by his wife, Junko, son, Ian and his adopted parents, Robert and Anna (Schichi) Gill.
John was raised in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains and immigrated to the United States by boat, arriving Aug. 4, 1947. John became a pilot and engineer, and worked for Howard Hughes among others. His favorite aviation accomplishments were working on the development of the Triton II Missile, AH64 Apache Helicopter and the C17 airplane. Most recently John loved to serve his community and always had a soft heart for children. He found a great group of men he considered his brothers in the Kauai Shriners where he was able to fulfill his greatest gift of caring for our keiki.
A military honor service was held for John on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Hanapepe at 10:30 a.m. where John and Junko’s ashes will be combined and interred. Lunch will be served in Waimea immediately following the service.